Joseph Park, L.Ac.

Traditional Chinese Medicine in Petaluma, California

Traditional Chinese Medicine

What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Traditional Chinese Medicine is a comprehensive natural healthcare system that is more than 2,500 years old. Treatment methods include acupuncture, herbs, Tui Na (Chinese orthopedic massage), moxibustion, cupping, Qi Gong and nutritional therapy.

How does acupuncture work?

Acupuncture activates the body’s vital healing energy or Qi (Chi) through the stimulation of acupoints that are found on a network of meridians/channels which circulate throughout the body. When the flow of Qi is blocked due to trauma/injury, poor diet, medications, stress, hereditary conditions, environmental factors, or excessive emotional issues, the system is disrupted and pain and/or illness occur. Acupuncture promotes and reestablishes the free flow of Qi and regulates and restores a harmonious energetic balance in the body. There is a saying in Chinese, “There is no pain if there is free flow; if there is pain, there is no free flow.”

What types of illness do acupuncture and Chinese Medicine treat?

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are effective in treating conditions that often do not respond well to conventional western medical treatment and are recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as effective treatments for many common disorders such as: